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The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[ID:1367] From: Quintin Thomson / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr John Caldwell (Patient) / 16 February 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from Quintin Thomson at Barskellie near Maybole concerning the case of Cullen's pupil John Caldwell, who is 'very violent & ungovernable' and is physically restrained.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1367
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/462
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 February 1777
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Quintin Thomson at Barskellie near Maybole concerning the case of Cullen's pupil John Caldwell, who is 'very violent & ungovernable' and is physically restrained.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:583]
Case of John Caldwell, 'a lunatic'.
2


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1706]Author Quintin Thomson
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:666]PatientMr John Caldwell
[PERS ID:1706]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Quintin Thomson
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2993]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Caldwell

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Place of Writing Barskellie / Barskelly Maybole Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Barskellie 16th. February 1777
Sir


I was called to see your Pupill
& Patient, Mr. John Caldwell, upon the
10th. instant. He arrived here at his own House
the 5th., and He insisted on goeing out
into the Fields for to walk, and they did not
restrain Him from it so that when I saw
Him on Monday, He was very violent & un¬
governable
. I order'd Him to be confined
to his Room & every thing taken out of it
by which He cou'd hurt Himself or others,
agreeable to your Directions.--- 1{illeg}1th. He
was very Outrageous, and insisted to go abroad.
I was Obliged to put on the Waistcoat upon
Him
,. ↑which↑ was very difficult to be done, as He made
great Resistance. 12th. I blooded Him this
forenoon to the Quantity of a Pound



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or therabouts according to your Orders.
I was Obliged to cause three men to hold
Him dureing the Operation, and I found Him
in the Evening more quiet & manageable
13th. He is this day a little Calmer & more
Obedient to Orders, untill I proposed this
Evening to blister his Head when He flew in¬
to such a Rage
that it was necessary to
bind his Hands besides keeping the Waistcoat
laced very tightly
--- 14th. The Blister rose
& discharged well, as it was sufficiently strong:
but He still continues to talk as incoherent¬
ly
as ever. 15th. The Blister continues to run
well. I keep Open a part of the blisterd place
on the Crown of his Head. His Delirium
has not been so considerable since his Head
has been shaved, & blistered. He desired to give
Him some work this Day; and has knitt a
peice of a Stocking which his Mother gave Him.
16th. This forenoon have given him the Emetic


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Tartar
in the Manner you have directed,
dureing the time I am writeing this Letter:
and as I am Obliged to send it off immediately, He
has not as yet taken so much of it as to Operate by
Sickness or Stool. He has not been sufferd to go out
since Monday. He has been liveing upon Barley broth
& I have also orderd Him Barley Bread. He gets a
roasted Apple now & then, with some Kitchen Sugar.
He is very regular in goeing to Stool once in twenty
four hours & also as to his urine. His Pulse
continues very full & frequent
; so that it
will be necessary to bring Him low by th[e]
Remedies you propose. At the same time
I wou'd wish not to proceed either with Regard
to his Diet or Medicines but According to
your Orders & Approbation I am very respect¬
fully Sir

your most Obedient Servant
Quintin Thomson



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To
Doctor Cullen --
Proffessor of Medicine
in the university of
Edinburgh


Mr Q. Thomson
Concerning
Mr Caldwell.
February 1777
Vvi -- P98---

Diplomatic Text

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Barskellie 16th. Febry. 1777
Sir


I was called to see your Pupill
& Patient, Mr. John Caldwell, upon the
10th. instant. He arrived here at his own House
the 5th., and He insisted on goeing out
into the Fields for to walk, and they did not
restrain Him from it so that when I saw
Him on Monday, He was very violent & un¬
governable
. I order'd Him to be confined
to his Room & every thing taken out of it
by which He cou'd hurt Himself or others,
agreeable to your Directions.--- 1{illeg}1th. He
was very Outrageous, and insisted to go abroad.
I was Obliged to put on the Waistcoat upon
Him
,. ↑which↑ was very difficult to be done, as He made
great Resistance. 12th. I blooded Him this
forenoon to the Quantity of a Pound



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or therabouts according to your Orders.
I was Obliged to cause three men to hold
Him dureing the Operation, and I found Him
in the Evening more quiet & manageable
13th. He is this day a little Calmer & more
Obedient to Orders, untill I proposed this
Evening to blister his Head when He flew in¬
to such a Rage
that it was necessary to
bind his Hands besides keeping the Waistcoat
laced very tightly
--- 14th. The Blister rose
& discharged well, as it was sufficiently strong:
but He still continues to talk as incoherent¬
ly
as ever. 15th. The Blister continues to run
well. I keep Open a part of the blisterd place
on the Crown of his Head. His Delirium
has not been so considerable since his Head
has been shaved, & blistered. He desired to give
Him some work this Day; and has knitt a
peice of a Stocking which his Mother gave Him.
16th. This forenoon have given him the Emetic


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Tartar
in the Manner you have directed,
dureing the time I am writeing this Letter:
and as I am Obliged to send it off immediately, He
has not as yet taken so much of it as to Operate by
Sickness or Stool. He has not been sufferd to go out
since Monday. He has been liveing upon Barley broth
& I have also orderd Him Barley Bread. He gets a
roasted Apple now & then, with some Kitchen Sugar.
He is very regular in goeing to Stool once in twenty
four hours & also as to his urine. His Pulse
continues very full & frequent
; so that it
will be necessary to bring Him low by th[e]
Remedies you propose. At the same time
I wou'd wish not to proceed either with Regard
to his Diet or Medicines but According to
your Orders & Approbation I am very respect¬
fully Sir

your most Obedient Servant
Quintin Thomson



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To
Doctor Cullen --
Proffessor of Medicine
in the university of
Edinburgh


Mr Q. Thomson
C
Mr Caldwell.
Febry. 1777
Vvi -- P98---

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